Seher Aly Latif, known for the production of Swara Bhasker’s Netflix series Bhaag Beanie Bhaag and who works as a casting director for films such as Lunchbox and Monsoon Shootout, passed away on Monday after a cardiac arrest. The producer, who was in her early forties, breathed her last at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, where she was admitted for kidney failure.
Director Neeraj Udhwani, who collaborated with Seher on her Netflix production Maska (2020), confirmed the news of her passing to indianexpress.com. “It’s unbelievable. It’s so hard to deal with. Last week I just donated blood for her and was told she was recovering. And this morning I heard. She had an infection that caused her kidney failure. Last weekend she was hospitalized, doctors had given her antibiotics and we thought she was recovering.”
Her Bollywood staff mourned her passing with emotional posts on social media. Lunchbox star Nimrat Kaur shared a photo of Seher with her cat, tweeting that the late producer was “one of the nicest people” Mumbai gave her. “One of the nicest, most loving people Mumbai has given my life. Still trying to process this unreal news…. Travel on to the light, my dear, dearest Seher. The unpredictable, horrific brevity of life remains mind-boggling… Waiting to meet you on the other side,” read Nimrat Kaur’s tweet.
Actor Nikita Dutta, who starred in Maska, wrote that she found the news of Seher Aly Latif’s passing unbelievable. “Heaven will be blessed with your soft hugs and infectious smile. I still can’t comprehend this though.@smwhtlatelatif,” Nikita captioned a photo of herself and Seher.
Seher Aly Latif started her career as a casting director. Seher not only cast for Indian films, such as Lunchbox, Shakuntala Devi and Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, but also worked on international projects. Some of her international credits include Eat Pray Love, Furious 7, Viceroy’s House, McMafia and Sense 8. She was also the executive producer of films like Akshay Kumar’s Gold, Shakuntala Devi and Noblemen under the direction of Vidya Balan.
Her first production was the short film Masterchef, directed by Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra for the Sundance Institute. In 2016, together with producer Shivani Saran, she founded Mutant Films, which so far produced Netflix film Maska and Bhaag Beani Bhaag.
Recalling his experience working with Seher Aly Latif, Neeraj said she was not only a supporting producer but also someone who embodied kindness. “Her default expression was a smile. You would always see her smiling. She was one of the nicest, nicest people I’ve ever met. I didn’t know her and Shivani before Netflix introduced me to them to collaborate on Maska. Seher also helped me with the casting for the film. This is tragic.”
Seher Aly Latif leaves behind her husband and parents.